Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Dominates With $40 Million
The third weekend of horror blockbuster “It” continues to scare up impressive business with a projected $30 million at 4,007 locations, followed by the launch of Warner Bros.’ animated comedy “The Lego Ninjago Movie” with about $21 million at 4,047 locations — well under recent forecasts. Still, with three films over $20 million, the overall box office represents a continued rebound for the movie business following a dismal late summer.
Independent horror movie “Friend Request” is showing little traction in its launch weekend with an estimated $2.2 million at 2,550 venues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Stronger,” a biopic on Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, is opening with a moderate $1.6 million at 574 sites for Roadside Attractions.
- Dave McNary
Billy Eichner in Talks to Join Anna Kendrick in Disney's Female Santa Claus Movie
Marc Lawrence is attached to direct, while Suzanne Todd, who worked with the studio on Alice in Wonderland, is producing. Lawrence also wrote the script for the holiday family adventure that centers on the coming of a female Santa to take over the family business.
Eichner is best known as the aggressively inquisitive host of Billy on the Street, which earned him a Daytime Emmy. He also stars in the Hulu series »
- Etan Vlessing
‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Sequel Adds David Sakurai
Exclusive: Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai is set for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel, the second film in J.K. Rowling's five picture Harry Potter prequel series. David Yates is at the helm once again, along with star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and franchise newcomer Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. The film opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil… »
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is Officially Finished, Rian Johnson Celebrates With a Photo
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially done. It may seem like that’s coming down to the wire for the film’s December 2017 release date, but it’s par the course for a blockbuster film that requires so many visual effects to wrap its post-production process around this stage. Now it’s only a matter of time before we get […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ With Lady Gaga Moves To Summer 2018
For his directorial debut, you gotta given Bradley Cooper some credit for swinging for the fences. He’s behind the camera for Warner Bros. long developing remake of “A Star Is Born” and not only is he behind the camera, he’s in front of it too. If that’s not enough Lady Gaga is taking co-starring role, and writing and performing original songs for the film too.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Martin Scorsese to Teach First-Ever Online Filmmaking Class
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is launching an internet-based course in making movies — his first foray into e-learning.
The Oscar-winning director will debut the class in early 2018 through online-education startup MasterClass. The class costs $90 for unlimited access to more than 20 video lessons; pre-enrollment is available starting Friday at masterclass.com/ms.
In addition to the videos, Scorsese’s MasterClass course will include a downloadable workbook with lesson recaps and supplemental material. Students enrolled in the class will be able to upload video questions to Scorsese, who will provide feedback to select students.
“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions,” Scorsese said in a statement, “not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way.”
Over a 50-plus career, the New York City native has produced a legion »
- Todd Spangler
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson
Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.
Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."
It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »
- Graeme McMillan
Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’
Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed a lawsuit accusing Voltage of defamation and copyright infringement, and asked for a restraining order to block Voltage from shopping the film to distributors.
But in her ruling Friday, Judge Consuelo Marshall rejected the request, saying Safinia had not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of the dispute. Safinia claims that he owns the copyright to the September 2016 version of the screenplay, and that he never subsequently assigned the rights to Voltage.
Voltage counters that Safinia had already given up his copyright to earlier drafts of the film’s screenplay under a “work made for hire” agreement, and »
- Gene Maddaus
Gal Gadot Parts Ways With Manager (Exclusive)
After her fan-favorite turn as Themysciran princess Diana in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Israeli actress took center stage in Wonder Woman, the most successful movie of the summer, a lone bright spot that saw director Patty Jenkins shatter box office records for female filmmakers on the way to earning more than $800 million worldwide.
- Rebecca Sun
Oscars Overhaul and Open Up Foreign Language Voting Process
In advance of what is expected to be a record year for entries in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, the Academy has made significant changes in the voting process used to select nominees. In a Thursday afternoon email to all Southern California-based members of the Academy, the organization used the subject line “Come see the world with us!” and invited the members to “help us choose the next foreign language film award nominees,” also linking to a page that described the new voting system. In the biggest change, the color-coded screening groups have been eliminated. In the past, »
- Steve Pond
Friday Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Lassos Top Spot from ‘It’
The fact that the original Kingsman movie made any money at the box office is still bewildering to me. Not because it's a wildly misogynistic and not particularly funny while male fantasy that's hardly more accomplished than any given episode of James Bond Junior. If anything, that explains exactly how it made so much money. What's confusing about it's ascension to franchise seedling is that there was nothing particularly gripping about the trailer or any of the marketing, no sense of distinctness. Perhaps I have just underestimated the pull of the fanbase that has surrounded Mark … »
- Chris Cabin
Brexit critic Colin Firth opts for Italian passport for ‘family reasons’
Oscar-winning actor will continue to be based in London as officials in Rome confirm he now holds dual nationality
Many of the threats and promises exchanged during the row over Brexit have yet to be tested by time, but this weekend at least one has come to pass. The Oscar-winning film actor and producer Colin Firth, unmoved by Theresa May’s pronouncements in Florence, has accepted Italian citizenship, according to the Italian interior ministry in Rome.
Related: Kingsman: The Golden Circle review – spy sequel reaches new heights of skyscraping silliness
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- Vanessa Thorpe
To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Lego Ninjago Ticket
Is The Lego Ninjago Movie worth the extra 3D ticket money, or are you better off spending it on some sweet minifigs at the Lego Store? To 3D or Not To 3D is here to help! »
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Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born Moves Up Its Release
- Hilary Hughes
What Is Going On With Channing Tatum In Kingsman? Here's What We Know
Superhero Bits: Hellboy Shooting Location Controversy, New Punisher Images & More
Is Iron Fist responsible for the lower ratings for The Defenders? What’s in store for the season premieres of Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? What did Wells Cathedral say to those upset by the church’s decision to let Hellboy film there? Which Marvel Cinematic Universe star hopes to one day direct […]
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- Ethan Anderton
The Best TV Shows on Right Now
We here at Collider know that Peak TV makes it hard to figure out what shows are worth watching. Sometimes you just sit there and look at a lackluster Dv-r list and think, “Didn’t someone say that show about a talking dog was good? What network is it on? What’s it called?” We are here to help! Each month, we’re polling our Collider staffers to pick our favorite shows on TV right now. Every show is submitted with a point value: 3 is “must see,” 2 is “should see,” and 1 is for “if you have … »
- Allison Keene
Could Palpatine Show Up In Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Here’s What The Actor Said
Actor Ian McDiarmid has weighed in on recent rumors, and revealed whether or not Palpatine could have possibly survived his presumed death. »
San Sebastián: Angel Amigo, José Luis Egea Team for Luis Cernuda Movie ‘Desterrados’
San Sebastian — Producer Angel Amigo, a driving force with Imanol Uribe behind Basque Cinema’s early 80’s first flowering, is teaming with José Luis Egea – co-director with Victor Erice of 1969’s San Sebastián Silver Shell winner “Los Desafíos” – to make “Desterrados,” a fiction feature centered on Luis Cernuda, one of Spain’s greatest modern poets.
“Desterrados” marks one of a string of Basque projects which seek to explore Basque Country identity, historical and current, within a European context.
Also written by Egea, “Desterrados” turns on Cernuda’s first exile and friendship, when he worked as a monitor for Basque Spanish Civil War evacuees in southern England, with one of them, José Sobrino. This was the bonding of two outcasts – Cernuda, a Republican and homosexual, and Sobrino, a refugee from the Basque Country. which Nazi Germany’s Condor Region used to test their blitzkrieg tactics, and the son of a humble metal-worker.
- John Hopewell
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